At 66, I felt a bit like the daddy of the mountain climbing neighborhood after I hiked round Mont Blanc earlier this fall. However the Tour du Mont Blanc is doable for any fairly match hiker, and there have been loads of individuals on the path who had been older than me.
For complete novices like Shelley and me, it’s sensible to be proactive about well being and security. Listed below are some ideas I discovered alongside the way in which:
Good boots, liner socks, slippery powder, and moleskin for tender pores and skin are important. We sort of turned gear geeks — investing in good day luggage (Osprey), woolen garments (socks, underwear, shirts), and nice mountain climbing sneakers. I used to be by no means so grateful for a wool cap in Europe.
I used to be skeptical about quite a lot of “good concepts,” however two issues I ultimately appreciated had been a day by day baggie of path combine and my metallic water bottle. (I complained about its steep $40 price ticket…however quickly got here to acknowledge it was an important worth).
I have to say, if the climate turned unhealthy and it rained laborious, I feel a lot of the path would turn out to be no enjoyable in any respect. Actually, it might be harmful. Mountain climbing poles are important, and even in excellent climate, I might have been frightened a few stumble with out my very own trusty set.
Eat a strong breakfast. The sooner or later we had breakfast with no protein, climbing was more durable.
Placed on sunscreen, even when the climate’s unhealthy.
After studying my lesson on different lengthy hikes, I made a decision to be non secular about stretching on the Tour du Mont Blanc from the beginning. I had a routine of six stretches and hung out all through the day ensuring I didn’t tighten up. Essential!
Don’t be a hero. If pores and skin is getting sizzling, wrap it up. I did your complete TMB hike and not using a blister — after which simply acquired one on objective within the final two hours.
Good gear, sensible and proactive methods to remain wholesome, stretching, and taking it straightforward… all of it labored simply nice.
I’ll be sharing extra images, tales, and ideas from Mont Blanc on the Nov. 29 version of Monday Evening Journey. Wish to come alongside? Register now for this enjoyable — and free! — occasion.